Tyler the Creator is no stranger to controversy. After being banned in the U.K. in 2015 for music that “encourages violence and intolerance of homosexuality” and “fosters hatred with views that seek to provoke others to terrorist acts” but also admitting he had a boyfriend when he was 15, no one is ever really sure where the rapper stands.
Tyler at one time said in regards to his past relationships and accusations of being homophobic:
I had a boyfriend when I was fifteen in fucking Hawthorne [California], ni**a. If that’s not open-minded, I don’t know what the fuck that is.
To be fair, Tyler was accused of homophobic and sexist lyrics nearly ten years ago. So perhaps he has changed. His recent lyrics that give a shout out to Call Me By Your Name star Timothee Chalamet has fans hopeful but a little leery.
the week of March 26-April 1 is now brought to you by tyler shooting his shot at timothee chalamet
— Alex Scoville (@AlexScoville) March 29, 2018
Luckily this writer wasn’t the only one who didn’t get this tweet. There were others:
I have no idea what any of this is but I support your dreams #IAmSoOld
— Susan Gonzalez (@TheNewsan) March 30, 2018
omg let me see if I can break it down
1. Tyler the Creator is a rapper who in his last album confirmed his queer sexuality
2. Timothee Chalamet is a young actor who starred in the queer film Call Me By Your Name
3. In his latest track, Tyler flirted-aka shoot his shot-at Timmy pic.twitter.com/KSfa6RoKyX
— Alex Scoville (@AlexScoville) March 30, 2018
Not everyone was sure… about anything:
I think Tyler is just being cheeky. He has been criticized for homophobic lyrics for years.
— John Bear (@johnbearwithme) March 30, 2018
But the idea was just too delicious for some:
tyler rapped about timothée’s skin glowing and being clear of acne these are the lyrics i deserve
— ً (@futildevices) March 29, 2018
— naomi (@timspeachyrap) March 29, 2018
tyler the creator: tell tim chalamet to come get at me
— fabiana (@tchalamvt) March 29, 2018
— bargain bin saoirse (@kruss17) March 29, 2018
We’ll wait and see on that one.